"forcing" a Dolby Digital input/optical vs. wire?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Mike Romo, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Mike Romo

    Mike Romo Stunt Coordinator

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    hi --
    it's been a long time since I was on the forum. Glad to be back. Now that I have a job again, I am able to start rebuilding my home theatre center. Iam currently using an old Kenwood receiver that has 1 optical input for Dolby Digital (video 3) and 1 coax cable dolby digital input (video 2). The DVD player has optical and coax out, the Xbox only has optical out and composite audio out.

    My problem is that I have a DVD player, an XBox, and a TiVo (on the way). I want to have 5.1 sound on both the XBox and the DVD Player and as far as I can tell, there are 2 options:

    1 - use a coax cable from my DVD player into Video 2 and use the optical cable from the Xbox into Video 3

    but this just seems wrong, doesn't it? to have the optical be used for games and not movies ? I know there is some debate whether or not fiber is "really" better..

    the other option, which is why I am posting is:

    1 - use the fiberoptic from the DVD player into the receiver and then use a Y-adaptor from the composite audio out from the XBox into the DD coax input (video 2) in the receiver

    You guys think this would work? The adaptor is only $5 anyway, I am probably gonna try it, but I figured I would ask the question here before I left work for the store.

    anyway, I will post and tell you what happens. I have this sinking feeling that the only way I can really do this is to go with the first option.

    hope you are all well and thanks for the help.

    mike
     
  2. JeremyFr

    JeremyFr Supporting Actor

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    You cannot take an analog output and input it into a digital input this just simply wont work if I'm following what you are trying to say correctly.

    If I'm to understand you correctly you want to take the red/white "L&R" audio cables from your X-Box hook them up to a "y" cable making them one cable to plug into the Coax digital input of the reciever??

    If I'm correct in this understanding of your post then as I stated in my first sentence this simply will not in any way shape or form work.

    Jeremy
     
  3. Mike Romo

    Mike Romo Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah...the more I think about it the more stupid it sounds. ugh.

    After looking around, I think I am just going to convert the optical signal to coax and deal with it until I get a new receiver. I found one here (thanks to a posting on this board):
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...ID=16151&DID=7
     
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